National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Vase of Flowers Jan Davidsz de Heem (artist)
Dutch, 1606 - 1683/1684
Vase of Flowers, c. 1660
oil on canvas
overall: 69.6 x 56.5 cm (27 3/8 x 22 1/4 in.) framed: 90.1 x 77.8 cm (35 1/2 x 30 5/8 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Fund
1961.6.1
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From the Tour: Dutch Still Lifes and Landscapes of the 1600s
Object 5 of 8

Conservation Notes

The support, a medium-weight, plain-weave fabric with irregularly spun threads, has been lined with the tacking margins trimmed. Cusping is visible along all edges.

Paint is applied over a thin, smooth off-white ground in thin, liquid layers blended wet into wet. Outer flowers are painted over the dark background, while the central bouquet is painted directly over the white ground. The red-and-white poppy is painted over a light green underlayer. Reserves were left for details when final glazes were applied. Thin glazes are slightly abraded. Small losses in the background have been retouched. No major treatment has been carried out since acquisition.

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